In Luke 12:35-38 we’re told to “be dressed and ready for service” and to “keep our lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.” We’re also told in this passage that “it will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready.”
I get that the above passage has truth for being ready for Christ’s return, but it also has important truths for us in that we are supposed to be ready for action (i.e., service) or departure (i.e., Christ’s return). When Christ invites us to move, we need to be ready to move or to make a change.
I’m laying down growing LEAD Women for now, maybe forever, but I don’t have that confirmation yet. Why would I do such a thing when about 3 years ago I sensed to take this on? Because I’m a person waiting on Jesus’ knock and am willing to be redirected by the Spirit when it’s needed and necessary.
Am I still passionate about Empowering Christian Women to Lead with Confidence? 100%! That has not changed, but what has changed is that I have felt the Lord inviting and asking through other existing or growing ministries to continue equipping in the places and spaces their creating. I have felt the invitation come alongside and to serve. This has been such a joy!
I believe that we always need to loosely hold those things that do not belong to us while at the same time having a deep commitment to the Lord, our “Yes!”, that we will steward the gift(s) he’s placed within us in a way that makes him known to others. It’s about him. We are to be ready for service, in whatever spaces we feel him calling us to. Never be afraid to lay down a prestigious title or ministry – never! Our journey is about following Jesus into the places and spaces he leads us to.
I’m loving watching what God is doing through our Saskatchewan women and also across Canada. And I am humbled and absolutely love that there have been invitations extended to me to participate in some of these ministries. Let me name a few ministries that I’ve seen God touch peoples lives through. SisterhoodYXE. Women’s Journey of Faith. Gather Women. And so many others in our local churches.
To grow and steward a vision/mission is hard work. It takes many people willing to come together with their unique gifts. So what I’m saying is this: I’ve heard the knock of Jesus and I’m serving in existing and growing ministries, and until such time as I hear the call to pick up LEAD Women again, it’s laid down.
My passion is to stay studying, equipping, discerning, and listening for the knock of Jesus – all with a heart and mind ready for action when I hear his call. (Communal discernment has become an important practice for me.)
Is Jesus knocking on your door asking you to head in a new direction? Are you ready for action? Are you ready for service?
Much love to all my readers and to all those whom I’m crossing paths with, my heart is so full of excitement for what God has in store for you and me!
Carmen, through teaching, speaking, pastoring, blogging, and podcasting, invests in others so they can lead and live better. She is the founder of LEAD Women Ministries, ordained with the PAOC, an Associate Pastor at Westside Pentecostal Church, holds an MA in Leadership & Management, and she can often be found collaborating with other leaders or organizations on projects where there are outcomes to grow people’s confidence, competence, and character.